Townwide sale this weekend

B argain hunters rejoice: The biggest shopping days of the year are this weekend.

The Whitehall townwide yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2.

The event is sponsored by the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and will feature a few dozen sales held throughout the community.

The sale is held annually on Labor Day weekend to take advantage of the extra people passing through town on the last weekend of the summer.

“This year you have Jesus Fest the same weekend, so hopefully there’s an extra thousand people in town,” said Carol Matheny, a member of the chamber. “We’re expecting a great turnout and it doesn’t look like we have to worry about (hurricane) Isaac so the weather should be good.”

In order to help shoppers find their way around town, organizers have created a map indicating the location of different sales throughout the community.

Maps are free and will be available at Putorti’s Market and Skenesborough Gardens. Organizers were hoping to have maps at Stewart’s and Cumberland Farms but that had yet to be decided at the beginning of the week.

Besides a new assortment of sales and vendors, the event remains unchanged.

Streets throughout the village will be lined with tables of clothing, household utensils, old toys, knick-knacks, used sporting goods and whatever other items people have for sale.

Although an official map will help people navigate the village, it’s hard to find any fault with simply starting on Williams Street. The street tends to be one of the busiest of the entire weekend and a long concentration of sale can usually be found there. Poultney Street and Broadway tend to feature a number of sales as well.

“Most times you can’t even get down Williams Street. It gets that busy,” Matheny said.

There are also expected to be several vendors in the village who will display and sell their wares.

And along with sales, there will also be a couple of places where hungry shoppers can stop and get a snack or lunch. Most deli counters in town are prepared for the weekend and will offer specials, and Faith Baptist Church on Queen Street will serve free coffee and water throughout the day Saturday.

The Sons of the American Legion will hold a pig roast beginning at noon at the post on Main Street. The cost is $9 and proceeds benefit the Children’s Welfare Foundation.

For the second consecutive year, the sale will be held the same weekend as “It’s All About Jesus Fest,” a free Christian music festival, so shoppers can take a break from bargain hunting to enjoy a little music.

For more information on the annual Whitehall townwide yard sale, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 499-4435, visit www.whitehall-chamber.org, or email whitehallthrives@aol.com.

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